After the seven games yesterday, this huge MLS weekend isn’t over just yet. We have two more games for you today and Draftkings has six different contests for us. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns, look at who will be missing on international duty, and look for potential breakout players for both games. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.
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Colorado Rapids @ Real Salt Lake
As these two teams meet for the first time this season, they both look to end two match losing streaks in this huge rivalry game. Real Salt Lake will be missing some key players including goalie Nick Rimando and midfielder Kyle Beckerman who are both with the US National team. Also young Jordan Allen is with the U-20 National Team and will be a huge loss for RSL, as he has been their spark all season. Colorado will be at full strength as they search for a much needed win to stay in the playoff hunt in the tough Western Conference.
Line: Real Salt Lake (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:+125 , u:-165)
Players to Watch
* Gabriel Torres, Colorado Rapids ($6,900)
* Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids ($7,400)
* Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake ($5,100)
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($8,200)
FC Dallas @ San Jose Earthquakes
These two teams will play for the second time this year, as FC Dallas won the season opener on a late goal by Blas Perez. Luckily for San Jose, Perez will not be available for Dallas as he is on international duty with Panama. Dallas will also be without recently healthy Zach Lloyd as he was shown a red card last weekend. Expect either David Texiera or Tesho Akindele to get the start up front for Dallas, and Fabian Castillo to continue to create from all over the field. As for San Jose, they are still looking for someone else to help Chris Wondolowski in the scoring department this season. Wondo has eight goals so far this season, but no one else on the team has more than one. I would expect this to be a very open and high scoring affair, with the talented goals scorers that will be on the pitch.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:+105 , u:-135 )
Players to Watch
* Tesho Akindele, FC Dallas ($5,300)
* Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas($9,000)
* Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes ($11,100)
* Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes ($6,700)